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Welcome to the Think Small Blog, your go-to destination for valuable insights, innovative ideas, and inspiring stories in the field of early learning. Dive into a treasure trove of articles crafted by our team of experts, dedicated to empowering child care providers, educators, and families.

Discover practical tips, evidence-based strategies, and the latest research findings to support children aged 0-5 on their journey to kindergarten readiness. From fostering social-emotional development to promoting cognitive skills, our blog covers a wide range of topics, ensuring you stay informed and equipped to make a positive impact on young lives.

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The Heart of Care: Supporting Infant and Toddler Development

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Mindful Practices for Calmer Adults & Calmer Children

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Promoting Safety and Learning in Multi-Age Early Childhood Programs

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Understanding Toxic Stress

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Compassion for the Caregiver

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The Importance of Self Care

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Outdoor Play: Creating Engaging Environments

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Multi Sensory Experiences for Children

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From Hurting to Healing: Creating Trauma-Sensitive and Healing-Centered Family Child Care Programs

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Overcoming Teacher Burnout in Early Childhood: Exploring Advanced Strategies to Conquer Burnout

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Hidden Hazards in the Home

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From Hurting to Healing: Creating Trauma-Sensitive and Healing-Centered Early Childhood Programs

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Commitment to Quality in School-Age Programs

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Online CDA® Training Package Anytime, From Your Own Device.

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Understanding the CDA Credential and Process

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Foundation for School Success

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Developing Your Professional Philosophy Statement

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Advocating for Early Childhood Care

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Sleep is Essential to Good Health

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Serving Nutritious Meals and Snacks Using CACFP Meal Patterns

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Reduce the Spread of Germs in Child Care Programs

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Identifying Essential Components of Child Care Supervision

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Growth and Development of Infants and Toddlers

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Food Safety Practices

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Creating and Maintaining Safe School-Age Environments

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Coping with Food Allergies in Child Care Spaces

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Coping with Crying

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Assessing and Implementing a Safe Child Care Environment

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A Critical Look at Family Child Care Spaces

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Understanding Poverty and Practical Strategies

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Strengthening Relationships for Families with the Community

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School-Age Care as a Family Service: Emphasis on Relationship Building

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Individualized Care and Routines

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Family-Teacher Relationships

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Daily Schedule Development with Child-Centered Activities

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Cultural Competency for Children and Families

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Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

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The Importance of Sensory-Rich Play

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Take it Outside!: The Importance of Outdoor Play

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Successfully Implementing STEAM into the Curriculum

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Strategies for Dealing with Anger

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Social Emotional Development – Problem Solving

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Respecting the Child’s Perspective

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Prompting Executive Function Skills

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Positive Guidance Toward Problem-Solving

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Planning and Implementing Everyday Physical Activities

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Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity

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Management of Effective Preschool Child Care Environments

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Incorporating Physical Activity Into Every Day

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Hands-On Math Learning Activities

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Guiding the Behavior of Individual Children

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Enhancing Emotional Literacy in Children from Birth to Age 3

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Enhancing Emotional Literacy in Children Ages 3 Through 5

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Developing Important and Successful Communications Skills

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School-Age: Developing and Implementing Effective Indoor Interest Areas

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Developing Activities That Support Character Development and Promote Social Interaction

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Developing Activities That Encourage Creativity and Cognitive Development

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The Six Ps of Marketing School-Age Programs

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Selecting and Implementing Curriculum to Support Learning

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Planning for and Implementing Transitions

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Observation and Assessment of the Learning Environment

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Módulos en Línea de Conocimiento y Prácticas Que Promueven El Bienestar Infantil

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Creating and Maintaining Healthy School-Age Environments

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Creating a Supportive Classroom Community

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Children’s Temperament: A Practical Approach to Meeting Individual Needs

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Benefits of Connecting Seniors and Young Children

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Understanding Learning Theories

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The Importance of Stimulating and Focused Interaction

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Exploring the Continuum of Developmental Tasks of School-Age Children from 5 to 12

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Developing High Quality Inclusion Practices

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Building Foundations for Language and Literacy Development

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Brain Development in Infants and Toddlers

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ADHD

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The Relevance of the Child-Caregiver Attachment

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Supporting Children and Families Through Transitions

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Selecting and Implementing Curriculum to Support Learning

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Multi-Age Learning and Interaction

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Fundamental Tools to Monitor Child Development

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Developing Methods of Observation

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Child Care in Mixed-Age Groupings

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Culturally Competent Guidance: Exploring Behaviors: Form & Function

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Culturally Competent Guidance: The Developmental Lens

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Culturally Competent Guidance: Strengthening Relationships with Families

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How Early Experiences Shape Brain Development

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Culturally Competent Guidance for Young Children’s Behaviors (3 Course Bundle)

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Ready to Roll: Plan, Prepare, and Practice for Emergencies in Child Care

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How Identity Shapes Relationships

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Knowledge and Know-How: Nurturing Child Well-Being

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Partnering with Families to Promote Healthy Habits

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The Trauma of COVID-19: Children’s Mental Health In The Aftermath Of The Pandemic

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Quality is Good Business

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Diversity Informed Meal Planning

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Temperament, Culture, and Goodness of Fit

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Fundamentals of Emotional Intelligence for Early Childhood Educators

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Overcoming Teacher Burnout in Early Childhood: Strategies for Change

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Supporting Young Children Experiencing Homelessness

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Teaching Off Trail

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Building Your Team

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